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8          Australia, New Zealand and United States Security Treaty—70th anniversary

The Attorney-General (Senator Cash), by leave, moved—That—

(a)              a motion relating to the 70th anniversary of the Security Treaty between Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America (ANZUS) may be moved immediately by the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Payne); and

(b)              the time limit for the debate be 45 minutes, after which the question be put, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

Question put and passed.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Payne) moved—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that today marks the 70th anniversary of the alliance between Australia and the United States of America under the ANZUS Treaty;

(b)              reaffirms the commitment of Australia to that alliance, recognising its fundamental importance to our nation’s security, sovereignty and prosperity, and to meeting the opportunities and challenges of our time;

(c)              acknowledges that the alliance has underpinned peace, stability and freedom in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, and that American leadership remains indispensable to the global rules-based order;

(d)             acknowledges that next week marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, in response to which the ANZUS Treaty was invoked;

(e)              places on record its profound gratitude to the servicemen and women of both our nations who have served together over more than a century; and

(f)               acknowledges that the enduring friendship between our nations is underpinned by shared liberal democratic values and principles, and these have been embraced by our peoples across generations.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed. All Australian Greens senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the noes, except in respect of paragraph (e).